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New Dining Options Transport Disney Magic Cruisers Around the Globe

posted on November 8th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


As I showed you in my last post about the revamped Animator’s Palate on the Disney Magic, Disney has a special way of making even mealtimes memorable for families. Today, I want to tell you about two brand-new restaurants on our transformed ship, which both take cruisers on a culinary journey around the globe!

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Let’s start with Carioca’s, one of my favorite new places to dine with its Latin America ties. Themed to the vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro, the energetic atmosphere in Carioca’s makes dining here fun, day or night. During the day, buffet meals feature a festival theme. At night, the atmosphere transforms into a more elegant dining locale with softly illuminated lanterns and a scenery scrim to conceal the buffet and kitchen areas. The restaurant is named after Donald Duck’s parrot pal from Brazil in “The Three Caballeros,” Jose Carioca, providing inspiration for Latin-themed fare with dishes like slow roasted pork belly, fried plantain and malanga pancakes and grilled rum-marinated swordfish.

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For a more casual meal, Disney Magic cruisers can head to the Land Down Under (although this festive Australian-influenced restaurant is located up on deck nine). Cabanas offers food and beverage stations during daytime hours, with indoor and outdoor dining, and table-service at dinner. The Australian setting of the Disney•Pixar animated classic “Finding Nemo” inspires the décor, complete with uniquely Disney touches. You can find hints of the film’s fishy and feathered friends throughout the restaurant with a beach-themed dining room, colorful surfboards, beach umbrellas and teak Adirondack chairs.

Now that I’ve shown you the Disney Magic’s new spaces for kids, water fun and family meals, what do you want to see next?

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Re-imagined Disney Magic Debuts New ‘Drawn to Magic’ Dinner Show

posted on November 6th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the things I love most about the re-imagined Disney Magic is that the transformation wasn’t just an aesthetic makeover. Walt Disney Imagineers worked hard to bring you a fresh look all around the ship, but they didn’t stop there. Disney is always looking to entertain your family in new and exciting ways, and that is exactly what we accomplished with the enhancements to the Disney Magic.

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Take Animator’s Palate as an example. Featured on all four ships, it’s our signature Disney Cruise Line family dining room and no doubt a guest favorite. Knowing how much you love the look of the restaurant on the Disney Magic, we kept the same classic theme but enhanced it with all-new, animation-adorned walls, larger high-definition flat-screens and updated furnishings like custom-built Mickey Mouse chairs.

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But that’s not even the best part. On every Disney Magic cruise, you get to enjoy a completely re-imagined “Drawn to Magic” dinner animation show, which incorporates even more scenes from your favorite Disney films and a dramatic transformation from black and white to color.

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Throughout your meal, you’ll see black and white character portraits sketched in real-time on the over sized digital canvases lining the dining room walls, making a fun game for your family as you guess which favorite heroes and villains are coming to life. As appetizers arrive, pencil tests of Disney characters are revealed, bringing to life iconic moments — from Disney favorites like “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Princess and the Frog” and more — one canvas at a time. You get your first taste of color during dinner when the character pencil tests around the room are treated to ink and paint.

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As dinner winds down and desserts are selected, the grand finale begins, immersing guests in an animated show about a hero’s journey with scenes of Disney and Pixar films on screen, accompanied by dramatic lighting shifts throughout the restaurant. Finally, with the dining room in full color, the celebration comes to life with a fun appearance by Sorcerer Mickey and a parade of your “transformed” wait staff (they, too, get a full dose of color!)

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse at the fresh take on our beloved dining room and show. Check back later this week for a look at other brand-new dining options on the re-imagined Disney Magic.

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More Fun in the Sun Thanks to Donald Duck’s Nephews on the Re-Imagined Disney Magic

posted on November 4th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The transformed top decks of the Disney Magic sure have been a massive hit with Disney cruisers! But that comes as no surprise, of course, given that Donald Duck’s nephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie – were once again the masterminds of the brand-new water fun!
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We first saw the work of these creative, yet mischievous, geniuses on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy with the AquaDuck water coaster, and now they’ve left their mark on the Disney Magic with three fantastic new spaces.

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AquaDunk is a 37-foot-tall body slide that starts at the highest point of the ship, a place where Disney cruisers had never been before until now. A new staircase on deck 10 takes you inside and up to the top of the ship’s funnel where you’ll find the slide’s launchpad. You climb into the capsule, cross your arms and legs and await the surprise launch when the floor beneath you opens like a trap door! The drop then sends you on an exhilarating ride in a translucent tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship, ending with a huge splash back on deck 10.
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AquaLab and Twist n’ Spout Slide

Using inspiration from their AquaLab creation on the Disney Fantasy, Donald Duck’s nephew’s designed a brand-new AquaLab water play area on the Disney Magic, this one with a pool and really cool slide! One of the most fun features, set amongst geysers and pop jets that spray randomly, is the Donald Boiler. This duck-shaped figure, fashioned after the hotheaded Donald Duck himself, triggers periodic bursts of high-pressure mist and gushing water. There’s also the Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide that takes little ones through a series of spirals and turns, with three large loops turning them in opposite directions, into the colorful pool below. This water playground caters to younger cruisers, but it’s a place where your entire family can have fun together.
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Nephew’s Splash Zone

Of course, Huey, Dewey and Louie didn’t forget about the smallest cruisers. Their final creation on the re-imagined Disney Magic, Nephew’s Splash Zone, stars none other than … themselves! Each of Donald Duck’s nephews are represented by a squirting figure in this toddler wet play area, alongside lots of other fun, interactive water features.


Which of the nephew’s creations will your family enjoy most on your next Disney Magic cruise?

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Go Inside the Re-imagined Disney Magic with Disney Cruise Line

posted on November 1st, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


There’s no doubt many of you have been hearing great things about the Disney Magic after her relaunch. The response we’ve received from guests sailing from Miami has been fantastic, and so many of you are raving about the transformation.

If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss has been about, now it’s your chance to find out. Take this video tour of all the new spaces on the re-imagined Disney Magic, and let us know in the comments your top three picks for the best enhancements!

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Seafaring Fun Grows for Little Cruisers on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on October 30th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Earlier this week I gave you inside looks at one of the transformed spaces for little cruisers on the Disney Magic, Disney’s Oceaneer Club including Marvel’s Avengers Academy. But one part I didn’t tell you about is the secret passageway that connects Oceaneer Club to another magical realm – Disney’s Oceaneer Lab!

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Adorned with giant, nautical ropes belayed around columns, ancient navigation maps on the walls and compasses emblazoned throughout the décor, Oceaneer Lab takes pint-sized pirates on a journey of discovery, exploration and adventure.

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This seafaring fun spot has video walls and digital stations for games, an animator’s studio for budding artists and a pirate workshop for experiments and art projects. Plus, Navigator Simulators let young buccaneers take the wheel and captain a ship through the mysterious waters of the Caribbean.

Just down the hall for the youngest cruisers — ages three months to three years — is the new It’s a Small World Nursery. Inspired by the style of Disney Legend Mary Blair, this whimsical world has cheerful artwork and murals resembling the namesake Disney Parks attraction.

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The space is filled with hands-on features, including horns to honk, wheels to spin and buttons to press, along with colorful, kid-sized tables and chairs for toddlers to enjoy crafts, books and games with caring, trained counselors.

At the back of the nursery, a serene motif and a calm, quiet atmosphere is reserved for naptime. Parents wishing to check on their children without disturbing them can glimpse into the nursery’s main play area through a one-way window.

Now that I’ve given you a virtual tour of the kids spaces, which re-imagined areas on the Disney Magic do you want to see more of next?

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Kids Unleash Their Inner Super Heroes on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on October 28th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the coolest new spaces on the re-imagined Disney Magic is Marvel’s Avengers Academy, located inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club. (Take a look back at the photos I shared the other day of this transformed youth club if you missed it.)
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When young Disney cruisers entered Marvel’s Avengers Academy for the very first time last week, they were in for a surprise of “super hero” proportions … the chance to meet Captain America and virtually train in Iron Man’s suit!
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These epic adventures are part of the special missions and operations training for super hero “recruits,” a multi-day experience that begins when kids are briefed via video conference by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury on the need to train new recruits to keep the world safe from evil. After building their own super-suits by constructing masks, capes, chest plates and repulsor rays to reflect their super powers, the super heroes-in-training are surprised by one of their favorite Marvel icons — Captain America himself! Checking in on the training, Captain America teaches the group the “Avengers Assemble” call sign so they can truly step into the role of the Avengers.
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On Day Two, recruits report for more training of their super-skills, when S.H.I.E.L.D. intercepts an urgent transmission. Super-villain Red Skull has planned another diabolical plot to turn a “certain sea vessel” into a deadly weapon! When recruits realize their own Youth Activities counselors have been put under an evil spell, it becomes clear that it’s up to them to save the planet. Using their own super hero powers and creative reasoning to work together, recruits must find a solution to thwart Red Skull’s evil plans so that they can save the Avengers and prevent the Disney Magic from takeover!
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For added inspiration to help the recruits in their academy missions, Iron Man’s high-tech suit of armor, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer are on display. They’ll want to closely examine the suit before they get the chance to “Become Iron Man” themselves! Trainees begin this simulated experience, which happens on a video screen display complete with flashing lights and sound effects, by virtually suiting up, piece-by-piece in the armor, and testing their agility in the suit. Next, recruits practice accuracy by blasting targets with the repulsor system. The training simulation concludes with a fast-paced flight test to get kids used to jetting around in the suit—a skill they may find handy in the future!

Does your little super hero have what it takes to be the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit? Tell us what you think about the brand-new experiences in Marvel’s Avengers Academy in the comments section below.

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New Stories Come to Life for Kids on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on October 26th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Now that Disney cruisers are calling the re-imagined Disney Magic their home-away-from-home on tropical getaways from Miami, we’ll be taking a look at what guests love most about the ship’s transformation over the next couple of weeks.

Some of the most dramatic enhancements on the ship are to the areas just for kids, leaving many grown-ups (including me) a bit envious! Parents will have a chance to check out these spaces during Open House on their cruise, but first I’ll give you my own virtual tour of the transformed youth spaces, starting today with Disney’s Oceaneer Club.

A bright, open area, perfect for group play and special activities, is the entry point for kids before they are transported to a magical realm of their choice. Giant storybook facades line the walls, marking the adventures and stories they can join.
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Mickey Mouse Club is inspired by a new series of two-dimensional short cartoons that borrow from the style of Mickey Mouse’s character in the 1930s and place the world’s most famous mouse in contemporary settings like Paris, New York, Tokyo and Venice. Designed for the younger ones, kids can create crafts on ear-shaped tables, play with wacky, magnetic spinning gears (known as Goofy Gears) and enjoy a pixie-dusted version of the classic kids memory challenge, Mickey’s Memory Match Game.
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Themed to another favorite, classic Disney character, Pixie Hollow is an enchanted land where Tinker Bell and her fairy friends live. In this magical forest setting, tree branches wind their way around the space and Tinker Bell’s teapot house serves as a closet filled with fanciful costumes for dress up. Here kids can make crafts while sitting on stools shaped like mushrooms and acorns or play on computers shrouded in tree branches.
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The stars of the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” film trilogy come to life in Andy’s Room, a multi-level activity area stocked with Andy’s favorite toys. Kids, who feel toy-sized themselves in this space, can craft their own Mr. Potato Head creation and put larger-than-life sized coins in the “Toy Story” piggy bank, Hamm. Or they can climb the stairs to the top of Andy’s bed and take the super-fun Slinky Dog slide back down.
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And finally, the all-new space guests have been talking about most, Marvel’s Avengers Academy transports young crime-fighters to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) — a technologically advanced remote command post used by Marvel’s The Avengers for special missions and operations training. There’s no shortage of high-tech fun here with special lighting, audio effects, computer stations and a giant video wall to assist in the multi-day “training” and super hero missions.

The addition of Marvel’s Avengers Academy marks the first time Marvel Super Heroes have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship, so I know many of you are looking forward to hearing about the epic experiences for kids taking place. Check back next week to find out more, and let me know in the comments how excited your little cruisers are to be transported to the Marvel Universe on the re-imagined Disney Magic.

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First Look at the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on October 25th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Welcome aboard the re-imagined Disney Magic!

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Now that the transformation of Disney Cruise Line’s flagship vessel is complete, I am thrilled to give you a first look at some of the ship’s brand-new spaces. Even though I knew the enhancements would turn out pretty awesome, I am still blown away by the finished product! Take a look for yourself…

Amazing, isn’t it? In the coming weeks I’ll bring you more photos and videos so you can get a full look at the ship’s magical transformation, starting tomorrow with an in-depth look at Disney’s Oceaneer Club!

Tell me, which spaces are you most excited to see in person?

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Pixie Dusting the Disney Magic for Little Cruisers

posted on October 15th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Yesterday we shared with you a first look through video at the Disney Magic pixie dusting process, which has been taking place the past several weeks, and showed you some of the spaces being transformed for adults.

In this next video, you’ll see the enhancements we’ve been making to spaces for little cruisers. Check it out, and let me know in the comments if you’re joining our countdown to the Disney Magic relaunch. Only five days left!

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Behind-the-Scenes of the Disney Magic Transformation

posted on October 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This past Thursday, the Disney Magic left the shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, kicking off our final countdown to the ship’s relaunch in Miami. We know many of you have been curious about our pixie dusting process, so we asked some of our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering to give us a behind-the-scenes look at what’s been going on the past several weeks.

First up, a glimpse at the transformation happening on the ship in the spaces just for adults. Take a look at this video, and check back tomorrow for a sneak peek into the kids clubs!

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